If you’re wondering why always forget that precise word or the details of a story, the researchers may have some crucial insight! A recent study has linked homocysteine (an amino acid) to decreased cognitive function (the way we perceive and react to external stimuli). Also, increased levels of homocysteine usually indicate a deficiency in B complex vitamins, such as folate, and have been related with an increased risk for vascular disease, stroke, and even Alzheimer’s disease.
When the researchers explored the relationship between homocysteine, folate levels and cognitive functions, they concluded that people with high levels of homocysteine and low levels of folate have a drastically poor ability to recall words and details of a brief story. To keep homocysteine levels down, the researchers recommend that people should consume foods high in the vitamin B complex (leafy green vegetables, whole grains, breakfast cereals, lentils, beans, and avocados).